LINGFIELD LOCAL NATURE RESERVES
Information and opportunities for use
There are approx. 10.6 hectares (26 acres) available to visit free. Various leaflets are available giving maps showing the layout of the Nature Reserves, access points, the location of the Butterfly and Quiet Gardens, the Community Orchard, the Millennium pond and the larger open meadows.
We already hold a number of annual events but we also have regular visits from the local schools, the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides and Beavers, Cubs and Scouts youth groups and local Youth Clubs.
Group visits are organised for both young people and adults. Perhaps to walk the tree trail, for nature walks, pond dipping sessions, litter picks, as an outdoor classroom, etc. We understand such visits by younger children can be part of the science and geography requirement of the primary curriculum.
In addition, we get as many as 100 visitors who join in a seed identification hunt, wildflower planting, National Tree Week and other open air events. Other organizations use the Nature Reserves to hold their own events.
Regular monthly work parties, usually on Sunday mornings, are held when volunteers help with the care of trees and hedges, etc. required to keep these Reserves well maintained for the benefit of our many visitors.
Although there are no facilities on the actual Nature Reserves, it is possible to make arrangements to hire the local Scout hall owned by the Lingfield youth groups. This substantial heated hall has toilets (for both sexes), a simple kitchen and is of a good size to hold workshops or provide an indoor venue. It is conveniently situated close to the Millennium Pond and, being off road behind the fire station in Saxbys Lane, makes a good meeting point, particularly for delivering and collecting children. We can put you in touch with the Group Leader responsible for its management.
We should be delighted to hear from you - whether you wish to organise a group to look around, or if you are thinking of a venue for a special event or workshop.
Julie Hearn, Publicity Officer
for Lingfield Nature Reserves Management Committee